KATHMANDU, Oct 26: The Election Commission (EC) has said that its attention has been drawn toward instances of people launching tirades or giving offensive statements against election candidates or political party leaders in public platforms including social media.
The Commission, issuing a press statement today, said that it had taken cognizance of some social site users publishing misleading and biased contents and giving offensive statements against candidates vying in the upcoming elections and warned of booking those offenders.
Such offense could result in a fine up to Rs 100,000 and imprisonment for up to five years as such offenses contradict the Electronic Transaction Act-2073 BS's Clause (47), Election (Offense and Punishment) Act-2073 BS's sub-clause (1) and Election Code of Conduct-2079 BS's Clause 4.
The constitutional body responsible to conduct, supervise, direct and control the election of the President, Vice-President, Federal Parliament, Provincial Assemblies and local bodies is holding the voting for the House of Representatives and provincial assembly elections simultaneously on November 20 this year.
The Commission urged all those concerned to remove fake Facebook pages of election candidates and not to engage in such malicious activities.